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Ranchers have the power to control impact of droughts

We have the power to make the drought worse or not. We can't control drought, or flood, but we can control how badly the next drought will impact our operations.

I just returned from Central Texas where I helped teach a six-day school on drought mitigation. It was touch and go as to whether we would have to cancel or quit early to keep from getting washed away.

It looks as if the drought which has plagued much of the central portion of the country may be coming to an end. California, Nevada and portions of Oregon are still hurting, but most of the rest of the country has received decent moisture.

We can do nothing about the cyclic patterns that determine our weather, like the current El Nino. They are caused by conditions beyond our control. What we can control, as land managers, is how badly the next drought will affect our operations.

To read more about minimizing the damage of drought, click here.

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